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CVS/Caremark March sales climb 7%

Woonsocket-based CVS/Caremark Corp. reports that sales in March at stores open at least a year increased 7 percent on demand for generic drugs, with...

CEOs more positive than at end of 2006

American chief executives see better times ahead, according The Conference Board’s most recent survey of CEO confidence, rising to 53 in 2007’s first quarter,...
The Procaccianti Group wants to build year-round attractions in Newport, such as an indoor water park. /

A Grand new vision for Newport

The Procaccianti Group last week unveiled plans for as much as $1.4 billion of development on 75 acres of Newport’s North End, including entertainment...
ESS GROUP specializes in environmental and engineering issues in energy projects. Above, senior vice president Christopher Rein, left, and vice president Stephen Wood. /

Fighting for new power sources

ESS Group Inc.’s work often puts it at the center of major controversies over the potential impact of large-scale power generation and transmission projects...

Bills would boost ‘net metering’

They call it “net metering.” When a customer generates power on site – with solar panels, say, or a wind turbine – the utility...
STAVROS DIMAS, the E.U. environment commissioner, says he hopes last month's pledge will spur other countries to join the 27-nation bloc in cutting emissions. /

E.U. emissions-cut aims to spur U.S., China

The European Union’s vote last month to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent isn’t just meant to be an isolated action, but rather...

URI, NUWC to set up collaborative<br> research center

Navy provides $150,000 to get project startedThe University of Rhode Island has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract to create a collaborative undersea technology...

AS220, BankRI share pride in Dreyfus Hotel

After about two years of redevelopment efforts, the former Dreyfus Hotel downtown is almost ready to open as an ornate restaurant and pub, street-level...
THE A.T. CROSS complex in Lincoln, where the new owner plans to create about 130,000 square feet of Class-A office space. /

A.T. Cross HQ to be revamped<br> into top-class offices

The developer who bought the A.T. Cross Co.’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Lincoln last month is investing more than $10 million to turn...
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Kent County water study urges <br>statewide solution

Recent problems with water supplies, quality and costs have cast the Kent County Water Authority as the canary in the mineshaft: Its recent struggles...
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